Stanley Black & Decker Inc (SWK): Today's Featured Industrial Goods Winner

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Stanley Black & Decker ( SWK) pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today making it today's featured industrial goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Stanley Black & Decker rose $1.67 (2.2%) to $78.68 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,384,016 shares of Stanley Black & Decker exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,508,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $77.17-$79.09 after having opened the day at $77.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.01. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that increased today were: American Electric Technologies ( AETI), up 11.1%, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation ( GLDD), up 10.0%, Servotronics ( SVT), up 8.3% and Tower International ( TOWR), up 6.7%.
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Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. provides power and hand tools, mechanical access solutions, and electronic security and monitoring systems for various industrial applications primarily in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Stanley Black & Decker has a market cap of $12.4 billion and is part of the industrial industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Stanley Black & Decker a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Stanley Black & Decker as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Ducommun ( DCO), down 27.1%, Intellicheck Mobilisa ( IDN), down 14.3%, Pike Electric Corporation ( PIKE), down 13.7% and Ecotality ( ECTY), down 10.4%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the industrial goods sector could consider Industrial Select Sector SPDR ( XLI) while those bearish on the industrial goods sector could consider ProShares Short Dow 30 ( DOG).

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